Windows Task Manager features are key to a power users survival. It has been in our lives for quite some time. It is critical element to system administrators and causal users alike.
We use it force close applications, manage start up items, and monitor our system performance. The functionality of Task Manager goes far beyond these key features. In this article, we will review some elements that are not as used as much as they could be.
Top Windows Task Manager Features Video
This video will review the 5 features discussed in this article as well as some tips and tricks to getting the most out of the every powerful Windows Task Manager.
1. Message System Users
Whether if you need to use this function to troll your little brother or send critical information to your system users this is the perfect feature. Using this will send a message to other users via a pop-up warning-like message upon login.
- Open Task Manager and Click on the ‘Users’ Tab.
- Right click on the User you’d like to send a message to.
- Click on ‘Send Message’ and enter the Title and Message.
- Click ‘Ok’ and when they log in it will look like the image below.
2. Clean System Monitor
This is by far my favorite of the Windows Task Manager Features. People download all kinds of 3rd party apps and widgets to add system monitors to their desktop. The default look of Task Manager us clunky but with a couple of clicks you can make Task Manager look like a widget that has a natural home on your desktop.
- Open the Performance tab in Task Manager
- Right click anywhere on the preview graphs on the left.
- Select ‘Summery View’ and re-size and move the window to your preference.
- To undo this you right click again and click ‘Summery View’ again.
3. Easy Online Search
If you’re ever looking at a Process or a item in the Startup tab you can easily search for the item with a simple right click. This is helpful when you have a mystery .exe running and you want to know what it is.
Unfortunately the search will be preformed with Bing; however, it will open with the default web browser. Right click the process and click on ‘Search Online’.
4. Copy Data to Clipboard
Its easy to copy data from the system monitor. This is helpful when sharing system specs and performance. Doing this will copy a instant snapshot of the data including the CPU model, clock speeds, cores, uptime, and more. Additionally, you can do this for any component available in the system monitor.
- Open the Task Manager and got to the Performance tab.
- Right click on the small preview graph you’d like data from.
- Copy. Below are some examples from my system.
CPU AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 8-Core Processor Base speed: 3.59 GHz Sockets: 1 Cores: 8 Logical processors: 16 Virtualization: Enabled L1 cache: 512 KB L2 cache: 4.0 MB L3 cache: 32.0 MB Utilization 2% Speed 3.77 GHz Up time 0:10:02:12 Processes 228 Threads 3277 Handles 104570 GPU 0 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER Driver version: 126.96.36.19987 Driver date: 4/3/2020 DirectX version: 12 (FL 12.1) Physical location: PCI bus 8, device 0, function 0 Utilization 2% Dedicated GPU memory 1.1/4.0 GB Shared GPU memory 0.1/16.0 GB GPU Memory 1.2/20.0 GB
5. Network Details
If you want a deep dive into everything about your current network there is a place for that. The Ethernet section under performance gives a good amount of information about current speeds, IP address, and some driver details. This may not be enough for some, especially if you’re trying to troubleshoot a very specific network issue.
- Open the Preformance tab in Task Manager.
- Click on ‘Ethernet’
- Right click on the large throughput graph.
- Click on ‘View Network Details’
This will give a wide variety of information specific to available Ethernet and WiFi adapters.
This concludes these 5 Windows Task Manager Features. If there some you feel are better feel free to discuss in the comments of the YouTube video at the top of this page.